I don’t know what you know about Jesus so let me briefly tell you who He is. He is the Son of God, fully God, fully man – He is the most humble, loving, forgiving person you will ever meet. Now, there’s a lot of depth here but that’s not what we’re getting into today. If you’d like to chat about it, send me a message!!
Anyway, He left Heaven to come to this world to serve us. He came to wash lowly fisherman’s feet (John 13:1-17), restore adulterous women (John 8), heal lepers (Matthew 8, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 17), and best of all? He came to give us eternal life, to save the world (John 3:16-17).
After we’ve accepted this, after we’ve:
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Our lives change drastically. At least they should. We begin to realize that this life is no longer about us. Our selfish ways begin to make our skin crawl. The way we lust after Stephanie’s life down the street, tears our heart into two. We begin to battle with our flesh because we desire the spirit.
Although we battle daily, we know we aren’t alone. Galatians 6 reminds us that we all will have to bear our own loads. Some days we’re Muhammad Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman. Other days? We’re Joe Frazier during the Thrilla in Manilla bout. We give it all we’ve got but just can’t win.
It doesn’t stop us from pursuing God’s will. We know that He has our back. We know that He’s with us through the hills and valleys. As Tauren Wells says so well in his song:
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone
Mature believers understand that although we are saved by Jesus’ blood, it’s not always child’s poses and macchiatos. We don’t feel deceived or betrayed. In fact, we’ve learned to dig deeper into God’s Word and rely more on His strength because ours is failing.
Although we have a good relationship with God, we know who He is – His characteristics – we often find ourselves pushing Him away. We push Him away when He comes to us as a sister who sees we’re more of Joe Frazier than Ali. We push Him away when He comes to us as a brother offering to take us around the new town we’ve taken a leap of faith to move to. We push Him away when He comes to us as a sister offering their shoulder to carry the burden of the losses of loved ones that won’t seem to stop.
When we’re most vulnerable and trying to piece ourselves together on our own, we miss Him. We pray, read, meditate and draw so close to Him that we actually miss Him! It’s almost as though we don’t expect Him to actually, physically up. We feel Him in our hearts, we feel the weight lift, our lungs begin to breathe easier but to see Him?
See, when we’re doing what God calls us to do – serving, carrying each others burdens, stirring up one another in love and good works – we’re being the physical hands and feet of Christ. We’re showing who God is.
Even mature believers struggle with letting others do what they’re called to do. We struggle with being served, having someone else help us carry our burdens – we struggle with letting others show us God is nearer than we think.
As believers, the fire inside of our hearts to show who God really is, burns from the inside out. Our desire to be in the light as He is in the light can not flicker. We are driven to change the world and everyone in it – including fellow believers. We don’t forget to care for the flock. So when it’s our turn to be cared for? Let us, let them.